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Archive for February, 2010

High-minded Obama lacks fear factor

February 23rd, 2010


This piece was originally published in Politico.

Why does President Barack Obama strike so many voters as an elitist?  Because he is, by style and temperament, an “NPR Democrat.” He’s smart, cool and rational — “All Things Considered.” Conservatives do not consider all things. They consider only what they damn well want to consider. Sarah Palin got off a zinger when she told the tea party convention, “We need a commander in chief, not a professor of law standing at a lectern.”


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The Danger Of Compromise On Health Care

February 20th, 2010


This piece was originally published in National Journal.

Republicans know one big thing about health care reform: Helping to derail President Clinton’s reform plan in 1994 did wonders for them politically.

Actually, they know another big thing as well: For the past year, they have resisted President Obama’s health care reform plan, and once again things seem to be working out well for them politically. The evidence is the outcome of the statewide elections in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. So what if Democrats call Republicans the “Party of No”? “No” seems to be what voters want to hear.

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Congress Should Extend a Helping Hand to Homeowners

February 12th, 2010

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This piece was originally published in Roll Call.

The past two years dealt a punishing blow to the personal wealth of millions of middle-class homeowners. Amid rising foreclosures and plummeting home values, Americans lost more than $4 trillion in home equity. Ten million American households — or more than 1 in 5 homeowners — are currently “under water,” owing more on their mortgages than what their homes are worth. Millions more have lost the equity they were counting on to send their kids to college, save for retirement or to have as a nest egg for emergencies.

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Grandma Knows Best

February 5th, 2010

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This piece was originally posted on the Huffington Post.

An elderly woman sits with her grandson.  She begins to tell the story of her family and her Catholic faith. She talks about her core values and says, “Marriage to me is a great institution. It works, and it’s what I want for my children, too.”

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